A REAL TAROT READING FOR MYSELF MIDNIGHT 11.12 APRIL 2011

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE WITH TAROT

This will not be the most polished of hubs, as by its very nature, it needs to be spread and read quickly. I had plenty to do, but also felt at a loose end, the idea to do a tarot reading for myself came to me, and I did it straightaway. I knew it would give me a discreet view of myself, those close to me, the rest of the world and Chance in one littlle capsule or Spread. A snapshot of how things stood for me at that moment in time. My Question was regarding a very big change I have planned in my life for this year which will involve a geographical move, a change in work and financial situation, will remove me from all close friends and family for a while. Is this a good idea, how will it pan out, what will be the end result.

I immediately got out my cards, whilst the thought and feelings were still alive in me, sorted The Major Arcana into numerical otder, switched off all distractions and shuffled the cards randomly for a couple of minutes and then laid out the following spread. The photo quality is poor, but speed and spontanaiety were of the essence, I felt.

Visual display of Tarot card reading

celtic cross spread using major arcana
celtic cross spread using major arcana | Source
Central card represents my position in the question.  Horizontal card represents what may thwart me. Bottom card represents that which is beneath me, my foundation. Top card  that which is above me, to right -recent past, to left-the near future
Central card represents my position in the question. Horizontal card represents what may thwart me. Bottom card represents that which is beneath me, my foundation. Top card that which is above me, to right -recent past, to left-the near future | Source
The bottom card, represents my influence on the situation.  The card above represents the influence of others around me on my question
The bottom card, represents my influence on the situation. The card above represents the influence of others around me on my question | Source
The final two cards.  The lower one indicates how my hopes and fears eill bear on the question.  The card above that is the final one representing the likely outcome.  NB  Card are reversed, which either reverses or reduces their signification.
The final two cards. The lower one indicates how my hopes and fears eill bear on the question. The card above that is the final one representing the likely outcome. NB Card are reversed, which either reverses or reduces their signification. | Source
A closer view of the first two cards, myself in the current situation and the horizontal card representing barriers, difficulties to over come
A closer view of the first two cards, myself in the current situation and the horizontal card representing barriers, difficulties to over come | Source
Closer view of the first card which represents my place in the situation. this is the first card turned over, it is not reversed, so I will see all the other cards in relation to its upright position.
Closer view of the first card which represents my place in the situation. this is the first card turned over, it is not reversed, so I will see all the other cards in relation to its upright position. | Source

Quick reading of this particular spread

Reading the Tarot, can take it out of one. I feel tired and will soon go to bed, but this is the most encouraging personal spread I have done in 10-15 years, maybe the only one. That in itself, indicates to me that change will be for the best.

Card 1 representing myself in this situation. Number zero. The Fool. I have not even reached the starting gate yet, and never will if I don't watch where I am going. I am an excited innocent, setting out into the unknown, an important individual or maybe just a hostage to fortune

Card 2 representing that which may cross me in this new situation. The Hierophant represents the traditional and conservative approach to life, in a well balanced world. This card often turns up to remind you of your deep running threads of dissatisfaction, often ignored in day to day life, it suggests to me that I will need assistance in my life this year, from a mentor or teacher or some kind of quide. All at sea, I will need something more solid than my foolish innocence to hang on to.

Card 3 represents where I come from, it is The Empress, and unusually but encouragingly, this reminds meof my firm roots in abundance, care and generosity. It reminds me that I still have the potential to grow and encourage growth in others. It hits the spot in calling to mind my love for gardening and nature, and particularly its suggestion of a move to the country. I am reminded of the importance of possessions and security to my happiness. past and future.

Card 4 represents what is above me but is already mine. It is the Emperor. The position of the card shows what I aspire to and look up to. An authoritative, reliable and stern figure emphasising order and respect and again a traditional path to success in life. It is easy for me to recognise my Mother and Father in these two cards, the Empress representing an easy going abundance versus what I see in The Emperor - hard won positions and the values of austerity.

Card 5 represents the recent past, the sphere of life I am moving away from. It is the second card in the pack, card number two The High Priestess, this card represents to me the value of female wisdom and of psychic abilities. Perhaps my own abilities in this field have brought me to this point and now intuition must change into action. I need to listen to my inner knowledge, recognise the importance of integrity and honest action, and move on to.......

Card 6 representing that which lies in my immediate future. Here I have card no 1 The Magician, he who can transform dross into gold. This card is very encouraging to me, as I am embarking on a brand new enterprise. I will only achieve success and happiness in this through the exercise of will power and effort. The basics I have at my fingertips, but whether I will be able to combine all this knowledge into reality is another question. A never to be repeated opportunity must be taken.

The next 4 cards add in some more details, perspectives and fine tuning, nut it is now nearly 3am and I must go to bed. I am very encouraged and am yet again amazed by how these pieces of card are able to pick up on my life and thoughts so accurately.

Now to finish of this reading in the clarity of daylight.

The positions of the final four cards indicate from the bottom up. Position 7 represents myself as an active individual in this reading, but not as the central player. Here I have card 15 The Devil. I interperet this card as reminding me of the ties and chains in my life. That which has bound me in the past is still active now, and will be in the future. Any move to change will have to fight hard against the pull of long ingrained routine and habits, but ultimately this is card reminding me of my own tendency towards stasis and stagnation. A card of warning.  Achieving change for myself will entail ditching all bondage and present ties. I may be too used to my self imposed limitations to move beyond them, and must avoid the tricky devil whispering cleverly in my ear, 'stay where you are, comfortably with me'' The Devil you know etc. I do need to take this one on board.

The next position, position 8 tells of the possible influences of my enviroment, in the sense of who and what will surround me in this coming enterprise. Here I have card 13 Death. I am pleased to see this in this position as for me it symbolises death of the outdated and overused, allowing rebirth and regenerationinto my life. Very much the opposite of the preceding card, it gives me hope that new surroundings, situation and people may well assist me by pruning away the old wood. This is positive , but painful, reminding me that all growth and change can be fraught with uncerrtainties and setbacks, and suggesting that these may well mostly of my own making. I need a death of my current ego.It is , I feel like the previous card one of waening, here telling me that a great deal of change musr be accepted into my new life.  I cannot afford to pick and choose, leaving myself a bolthole, by secretely clinging on to a way of life, I am comfortable with but which offers nothing in the long run.


The last two cards which indicate (position9) my inner hopes and fears, and (position10), the likely answer or outcome to my question, bearing in mind its relationship with all the other cards. Unlike the former cards these last two are reversed, suggesting perhaps an uncertainty or haziness in their meaning. In position 9 I have The Aeon, or universal judjement directing my inner hopes and fears. Again I think this card is appropriate, as with The Hierophant in position two it suggests the neccessity, the unavoidability. of having to face the actions of my life and have them assesed not just in a personal way, but by the society I live in and the larger world. It confirms my hope that I have reached a profound turning point in my life, but strongly suggests that I will look back on many wasted years, full of mistakes and moral and legal errors. It does frighten me that I will truly have to take on and make right much of what has gone before. This is a daunting task, but so close to the end I must not be misled by any clinging remnants of ill-placed sentiment, or let remorse weaken me in my desire for a new start..

Finally, I reach the card in position 10, which shows the likely outcome of the question posed. Everywhere in this reading, the certainty of Big Change is re-inforced, but lest I get too carried away change for changes sake is not always good. For me this final card number 19 The Sun in a reversed position, introduces a strong note of realism. The card represents hapiness, but to a lesser degree. Despite recognising the need for change, accepting it, being guided by a mentor in a situation full of promise and hope, it may be that I will never be one for whom the light of hapiness, abundance and contentment will ever  fully shine

This may well be my lot.  Yes if I do my utmost this upcoming change will lead to an improvement in all areas of my life, but improvement is not perfection, and this is what I need to accept.


For me this was a good and appropriate reading. It did not tell me anything of which I was unaware, but led me to concentrate my mind on the areas where there was most need of alteration, and reminded me of that which i need to avoid, improve, or be wary off. Its strongest point for me , was to make the upcoming changes in my circumstances such a certainty, showing me that I had the knowledge, tools and experience to make a change for the better, but not to expect miracles or blessings to fall unasked for at my feet.

Finally, to bring me back to earth with a bump. my 80 year old Mother, who I live with has just reminded me that I am to take her to have her hearing tested very soon today. So bye for now, off I go again!


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